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NC Governor and DA: Weekly protests are too costly

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 05 2013 06:38:34 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 05 2013 09:37:18 AM CDT
RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY -

North Carolina's Republican governor and a Democratic prosecutor are both urging an end to the near-weekly demonstrations inside the state legislative building organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that while feedback and lawful demonstrations are welcome, unlawful demonstrations are not, and cost resources.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said the more than 300 arrests since April are pulling police officers away from fighting crime and threatening to overwhelm the already overburdened courts in the state capital.

The latest protests Monday night led to 151 arrests, the largest tally so far. The NAACP is protesting cuts to social programs, changes to voting laws and other issues championed by GOP legislators. It says protesters will return next week.